[Ed. – It doesn’t seem that pretentious to me for Jill Biden to use the title, as she’s been a college instructor for some years and she does have an Ed.D. She’d be referred to in her daily life as “Dr. Biden” by students and school administrators, even though she’s neither an M.D. nor a tenured professor. That said, I really don’t give even one hoot either way; it’s bemusing to see that so many people do.]
The op-ed, written by essayist and short-story writer Joseph Epstein, argues that “‘Dr. Jill Biden’ sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic” and opens by addressing President-elect Joe Biden’s wife as “Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo.”
“Your degree is, I believe, an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title ‘Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs,’” Epstein writes. “A wise man once said that no one should call himself ‘Dr.’ unless he has delivered a child.” …
By Saturday afternoon, “Joseph Epstein” and “Dr. Biden” were the No. 1 and No. 3 top trending topics on Twitter in the U.S.
In the opinion piece, Epstein, who currently serves as an emeritus lecturer of English at Northwestern University, noted that he “taught at Northwestern University for 30 years without a doctorate or any advanced degree.”